Consumers Credit Union Named 2014 Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo Champ

Clarence Lloyd and Derek Turtle accept the Champ Award from Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo

Clarence Lloyd and Derek Turtle accept the Champ Award from Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo

On Tuesday, May 6, Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo presented its seventh annual Champs Awards at a reception held at Cityscape. Consumers Credit Union is proud to be among the individuals and organizations honored as 2014 Champs and advance the important mission of Communities in Schools. This award recognizes the contributions of those in our community who work to support children in Kalamazoo Public Schools, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

2014 is the second year that Consumers has partnered with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo to provide after-school financial education to local middle and high school students. Topics covered include the why and how of making a budget, the importance of your credit score, and how good grades now can translate into dollars in your future. The program is designed to grow to include four sessions per school year, one per grade at the high school level.

Downtown Office Manager Clarence Lloyd says, “This particular partnership allows us to provide a basic financial foundation to students who may not have any exposure to sound money management. These classes can change the course of a family’s financial future when the students take that info back to their homes.”

Lloyd and a team of Consumers staff lead the educational sessions. This year’s team includes Nancy Brininstool, Abby Jozwicki, Heidi Bish, Michele Lovell, and Tamera Hall. The credit union is proud to serve as a resource for financial education and contribute to the future of children in our community.

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